As children, learning is both our play and our work. It is effortless yet we pour our energy into it. We are natural born learners; experimenting, observing and adapting our play as we go. Play is essential to the healthy development of children, but play continues to help us learn and make new connections long past childhood – look at Miles Davis’ playful approach to music, or Einstein’s playful approach to the natural world. I will be studying learning as play, and integrating this concept into Critical Pedagogy and its offshoot in Library Science, Critical Information Literacy. These theories ask students to examine their own personal backgrounds and assumptions, and to look at the information they encounter in its cultural context as starting points for being critical thinkers. Applying concepts of play to this critical approach will point these theories in a positive direction for encouraging curious, motivated and playful lifelong learners.
I am using this site to track my research and my thoughts as I play with these ideas and formulate ways to share, collaborate and learn more about learning like children.